As previously stated, the National Border Patrol Council has been working with Congress to address the Agency's attempt to implement parts of the BPAPRA. The following bill is the result of those discussions. Although this bill has not been introduced yet, the NBPC has been informed that the bill will be introduced soon. The bill, as indicated, will prevent the partial implementation of the BPAPRA, such as exempting agents from FLSA, until OPM promulgates and makes effective regulations related to the BPAPRA.
Last week both houses of Congress passed proposed budgets for FY 2016 and the contents of these proposals do not bode well for federal employees.
Both proposals would require you and all federal employees to contribute an additional $127 billion of your salary from 2016 through 2025. There are also $32 billion in cuts from the Thrift Savings Plan G-Fund, which would reduce the rate paid to retirees for investments in the G-fund.
The National Border Patrol Council is currently working with AFGE and other affected components to counter the devastating effects of these proposals. It is estimated that there will be further movement on this issue during the second to third week of April. This process is by no means over and the National Border Patrol Council plans to use every tool at its disposal to deal with these budget proposals.
Attached is the current version of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act (S. 1691), which was passed by the Senate on September 18, 2014.
We have also attached a document which provides an English language breakdown of the bill, the hearings, and amendments.
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
The National Border Patrol Council would like to thank Senators Tester and McCain for reaching across the aisle and sponsoring the bipartisan Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act. The BPAPRA was combined with the Cybersecurity Authorization today and it passed the Senate. It has now been sent to the House for consideration. We still have a lot of work to do. This is not a done deal yet.
We are grateful for the elected representatives and their staffs who put so much work into getting this through the Senate. Along with Senators Tester and McCain, we would also like to recognize and thank Senators Cornyn, Heitkamp, Ayotte and Flake for co-sponsorsing this important legislation.